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Wednesday, 24 March 1999
Page: 4348


Mr Latham asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 17 February 1999:

(1) Did the General Assembly of the UN on 14 December 1960 adopt and proclaim the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

(2) Did the Menzies Government instruct the Australian delegates to abstain from voting on the declaration.

(3) Which other countries abstained.

(4) Did the General Assembly in 1961 establish a special committee to examine the application of the declaration and to make suggestions and recommendations on the implementation of the declaration.

(5) Did the Gorton Government take Australia out of the committee in 1969.


Mr Downer (Foreign Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Honourable Member's question asks about matters in the publicly available Official Records of the United Nations General Assembly, and about the record of the Menzies and Gorton Governments. In view of its work on other priorities for the Government, my Department does not have the resources to undertake the historical inquiries necessary.